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Iranian-American Volunteer Alliance (IAVA) of Washington formed: "Rising to the Occasion" event scheduled for April 25

We are pleased to announce the recent formation of the Iranian-American Volunteer Alliance of Washington (IAVA), a small but growing group of concerned individuals who seek to promote the spirit of philanthropy and volunteerism in the local Iranian-American community. IAVA is already launching its first effort: In recognition of the cultural and social services provided by Iranian-American organizations in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, IAVA is sponsoring a program of music and remarks by Iranian-American and Iranophile scholars and artists, followed by a reception.

Location:  Saint Luke Catholic Church, 7001 Georgetown Pike, McLean, VA
When:  Sunday, April 25, 4:00pm to 7:00pm
Phone:  301-340-2525 (IAVA Contact)

To highlight the Iranian-American community's efforts in assisting the Bam earthquake's survivors, we have chosen the title "Rising to the Occasion" for our program.

Bam by Ario Mashayekhi

We will donate a portion of the proceeds to a project sponsored by the Science and Arts Foundation (SAF), a registered non-profit organization. SAF is in the first phase of establishing an educational center in Bam in partnership with the US chapter of the International Education Resource Network. This center will feature a paint shop for art therapy, computer and internet access and training and rehabilitation programs for youth (for more information on SAF, see

Performers and guests include:

Ms. Lily Afshar, internationally renowned classical guitarist

Mr. Kazem Davoudian, Santur,
Mr. Terence Ward, author of Searching for Hassan
Mr. Ali Mostashari, Co-founder, Iranian Studies Group at MIT
Art Exhibition by Mr. Ario Mashayekhi.

Tickets will be available at the door for $25.00 (Cash or check only - Thank you)

We hope that you will join us for this fitting celebration of the local Iranian-American community and its numerous achievements. Please RSVP in the designated box below.

Best wishes,

The Iranian-American Volunteer Alliance (IAVA)

Shahrokh Ettehadieh
Azita Mashayekhi
Haleh Vaziri

Contact us:

The following is a list of dedicated Iranian-American organizations working in the metropolitan area:

Children of Persia
Child Foundation
Foundation for the Children of Iran
Foundation for Iranian Studies
House of Iran
Ibn Sina Health Foundation of North America
Iranian Academic Association, Washington, DC
Iranian-American Bar Association (IABA)
Iranian-American Cultural Association (IACA)
Iranian American Cultural Society of Maryland (IACS)
Iranian American Technology Council (IATC)
Iran Cultural and Education Center
Iranian Cultural Association (Kanoon)
Iranian Medical Society of Greater Washington
National Iranian-American Council (NIAC)
Persian Watch Center (PWC)
Professional Iranian Networking Society (PINS)
Senior Activities Inc.
Shabeh Jomeh
Society of Iranian Professionals (SIP)
Washington Nights of Poetry
The Iranian Cultural Society at the George Washington University
Iranian Graduate Student Foundation (IGSF), University of Maryland
Iranian Student Foundation (ISF), University of Maryland
The Persian Club, George Mason University
and many more...

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